NAME OF ORGANISATION:   Association Rural Mobilisation And Improvement (ARMI)  
         
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  NAME OF HEAD:   Ms. Vanthong INSILATH (Chair)  
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  NAME OF CONTACT PERSON:  

1). Mr. Amphone SOUVANNALATH (Director), M: (+856)-(020) 23335685,
      E: amphone.souvannalath@gmail.com
2). Ms. Phetdavanh NOUTHANONGDETH (Finance/Admin Manager), M:(+856)-(020) 22223826,
      E: phetdavan@gmail.com

 
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  CONTACT ADDRESS:  
Savanakhet office:Ban Nalao, Kaysone-Phomvihane District,
P.O. Box: 1133 Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR.
T: (+856)-(041) 215017
F: (+856)-(041) 260191, W: www.normai.org
Vientiane office: Room No.5, 10; 34/377 Ban Naxay, Saphungmor Road, Xaysettha District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. T: (+856)- (021) 262725


 
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  BACKGROUND:  

Association for Rural Mobilisation and Improvement (ARMI) well-known as NORMAI is one of leading development associations in Laos implementing its programme in 5 provinces: Savannakhet, Champasak, Vientiane capital, Vientiane and Khammouane province. ARMI/NORMAI sets itself as a goal to improve the quality of life of its target groups by improving their capacity to access and manage the resources and essential services required to satisfy basic needs in a sustainable way. ARMI/NORMAI was founded by 15 former CIDSE staff in October 2006, after CIDSE’s members had decided that the CIDSE offices in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos should become local organisations.
CIDSE-Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (Cooperation International pour le Development et la Solidarite) (CIDSE-CLV programme) was funded by a consortium of 16 member organizations based in Europe and North America. They share a common strategy on development approaches, development education and advocacy, based on values of solidarity, justice, peace and preferential options for the poor. The program was started in Vietnam in 1997, Cambodia in 1979 and Laos in 1988.
At the CIDSE-CLV Co-ordinating Committee meeting in Montreal in 1996, attendees discussed and agreed that Country Offices “need to become independent and self-reliant development organisations” and that the Member organization’s would stay together until at least 2002.
Following that agreement, staff in 3 country offices had some meetings together in order to prepare for becoming local organizations so they could continue to develop their own countries.
CIDSE-Vietnam closed its office at the end of 2005 and 2 organizations emerged named Centre of Community Socio Economic and Environmental Development (CSEED) and Centre for Sustainable Development (SRD) both based in Hanoi, Vietnam. CIDSE-Cambodia was also closed at the end of 2005 and one local organization emerged name Development and Partnership (DPA).
In May 2005 at the Lao member organization (LMO) meeting, it was discussed and agreed that “CIDSE-Laos office needs to close by the end of 2008”. Following that agreement, CIDSE-Laos’ staff has held many follow-up discussions. On 3-4 April 06, the last workshop was held in CIDSE Laos office, Fifteen CIDSE staff decided to set up a membership association name “Non-profit Association for Rural Mobilization and Improvement (NORMAI) registered under the Lao Union of Science and Engineering Associations (LUSEA) in October 10, 2006.
NORMAI has been re-registered in August 9, 2012 under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and change the name to be: “Association for Rural Mobilisation and Improvement (ARMI)” in order to fit to the decree No 115/PM on the association establishment in Laos was approved in April 29, 2009.



 
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  VISION:  

ARMI/NORMAI aspires to be an effective and independent, local development organization promoting a healthy and educated society where there is peace based on justice; where different cultures are valued and people benefit from their participation in society within an ecologically balanced environment.


 
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  MISSION:  

ARMI/NORMAI aims to work in Community Organizing with the poorest and marginalized in rural areas towards better quality of life, self-reliance and sustainability.


 
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  MAIN GOAL:  
ARMI/NORMAI sets itself as goal to improve the quality of life of its target groups by improving their capacity to access and manage the resources and essential services required to satisfy basic needs in a sustainable way.
 
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  MAIN ACITIVITIES:  


1). Community Development
2). Food Security
3). Natural Resource Management
4). Promote Energy Saving
5). Increase Impact


 
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  OBJECTIVES:  

1).ARMI/NORMAI wants to assist Communities in identifying their problems and planning and self-managing activities to solve these problems through the operation of Village Interest Groups (VIGs) and other Community Organizations.
2).The poorest and disadvantaged people in increasing their access to the resources that can satisfy their basic needs and enabling them to access those resources in an equitable way.
3).Communities to sustainable use and manage their resources to benefit the whole community.



 
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  PRIMARY BENEFICIARIES:  

- The poor and vulnerable people and communities in rural areas. Presently the target areas include 6
  districts in 2 provinces around 63 villages: Savannakhet Province: Thapangthong, Atsaphone, Nong,
   Champhone, Khammouane Province: Saybouathong
- 15 improved cook stove producers and 150 cook stove retailers in 5 provinces: Provinces of
    Savannakhet, Khammouane, Champasak, Vientiane and Vientiane Capital.